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Friday, September 14, 2018

Indian Butte Fire Update 14SEPT18 7:30 p.m.


For Immediate Release: Sept. 14, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Gorby, kgorby@fs.fed.us, (208) 497-7270

Indian Butte Fire Update
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Facebook: Idaho Fire Info(#IndianButteFire & #BLMIFDFire)

Start Date: 09/12/2018 6:32 p.m.
Location and Jurisdiction: Started on private land, burning onto BLM and just south of forest service lands, 9 miles northwest of Dubois in Clark County.
Cause: Under investigation
Fire Size:  11,981 acres 
Percent Contained: 38% containment at this time
Fire Behavior: Active and running with short-range spotting, moving north toward forest service.
Structures Threatened:  20 single residences and numerous hunting camps spread across the area.
Fuels and Terrain:  Burning in grass, brush and timber. 
Fire Crews/Resources: 149 personnel, 4 dozers, 3 helicopters, 3 water tenders, 3 hand crews and 13 engines. Additional cooperating and assisting organizations are local county cooperators, RFPA, Clark County Sherriff and USFS Law Enforcement.
Evacuations: Stoddard Creek campgrounds, trailers/campers and hunters 
Closures: Pleasant Valley Rd. and Dry Creek Rd. are closed to all traffic. Road may open for personnel with trailers/campers in the closed areas, but that decision will be made based on fire behavior and will be posted on Idaho Fire Info website and facebook.
Summary: A local Type 3 Team was assigned the fire this morning. High winds and low humidity have been huge factors in the movement of this fire and a Red Flag Warning has bee issued for Saturday. The wind is predicted to continue through the weekend. The fire will continue to spread to the north, transitioning into timber fuels. 
The plan is to continue line construction on the east and west flanks, with the main concern of the fire moving to the east to impact the town of Spencer, ID as well as ranches along the I-15 corridor.